Helping Your Child Become More Environmentally Conscious

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It’s important for parents to teach their children to respect the world around them. The easiest way to do this is to lead by example, using hands-on activities to make it feel fun. It’s good to explore topics such as global warming and going green, not only because it will help our planet, but it will also help your child with their overall development and their health. Nature is great for promoting a positive mindset and boosting fitness, so it’s certainly worth exploring with your youngster. Here are some tips from a private school in Dublin to get you started.

Go Outdoors

Nowadays, parents are becoming increasingly more concerned with the amount of time their children are spending on their digital devices. With that said, it would be great to encourage your child to put their tech down and head outside to engage with nature.

Take them camping or rock pooling or just take a walk through the woods. Ask them to help you with the gardening, like planting seeds and mowing the lawn. Whilst out on your adventures, talk to your child about issues such as deforestation and pollution. This will help them develop a newfound respect for the world around them.

Watch Documentaries

Although parents are trying to find ways to encourage their children to switch off the technology, sometimes the TV is inevitable. With that said, why not try and make it a learning opportunity? There are lots of educational documentaries and other TV shows that will teach your child all about the environment in an engaging way.

Encourage Recycling

Chat to your child about why it’s important to recycle our household waste where possible, as an alternative to landfill sites. Teach them how to separate different items into relevant categories and praise them when they do so.

Generally, it’s important to teach your child to deposit their waste responsibly, even if it cannot be recycled. They need to know that littering is wrong!

Save Energy

If your child leaves a light on after leaving a room, explain to them how this will affect our planet. Train them to switch off and unplug, but be sure to lead by example, otherwise they’ll never listen to you. Perhaps you could walk to places rather than drive, and time your tooth brushing or showers so that you don’t waste water.

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